Amanda Knox returns to Italian Courtroom to hear Slander Verdict

FLORENCE (Reuters) – American Amanda Knox returned to Italy’s court on Wednesday to appeal a slander conviction, the final case that remained against her after the infamous killing of a British university student in 2007.

Knox, who appeared on X this week, said: “I want to clear my record of all false accusations against me.”

Knox, 36 years old, arrived at court holding hands with Christopher Robinson. She made no comments to the journalists or camera crews. The hearing started at 9:50 am (0750 GMT), and the verdict is expected later that day.

In 2015, Italy’s highest court annulled Knox’s conviction for the killing of her British flatmate Meredith Kercher. This brought to an end nearly a decade-long courtroom drama in which Knox had been twice found guilty.

The brutal stabbing and subsequent trials of Kercher, a 21-year-old man, provided tabloid fodder on both sides and inspired books and movies.

Knox, who spent four-years in prison in Italy before being tried and cleared with her former Italian boyfriend Raffaele Solecito, is now facing a new trial over a conviction for libel.

Knox received a sentence of three years for falsely accusing Patrick Lumumba, the owner of a Congolese bar, that Kercher was murdered. Knox’s time in prison covered the sentence, so it had no real impact.

Lumumba was detained for two weeks before being released in 2007. Knox claimed that she had named him under duress while being questioned by the police.

Carlo Pacelli, Lumumba’s lawyer, told reporters that “when Patrick was accused by Amanda he became well known throughout the world as the monster from Perugia”, and that the conviction must be upheld. Lumumba did not appear in court.

The European Court of Human Rights found in 2019 that Knox was questioned in a procedurally incorrect manner. Last year, Italy’s top court ordered a new trial in the case of slander.

Rudy Guede was originally from Ivory Coast and sentenced to 16-years in prison for the murder of Kercher. The ruling stated that he had acted along with other unnamed perpetrators. He was released early in 2021.

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